- Armida Quartett,
- Modigliani Quartett
A German-French get-together starts in autumn 2017 – for the first time the German Armida and the French Modigliani Quartet go on tour. Some jewels of the chamber music repertoire are on the music stands and both quartets will show their wide range of expression and qualities.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Streichquintett Nr. 4 g-Moll KV 516
Johannes Brahms: Streichsextett Nr. 1 B-Dur op. 18 (1860)
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Oktett Es-Dur op. 20 für 4 Violinen, 2 Violen und 2 Violoncelli
Armida Quartett, Chamber Music
Martin Funda, violinJohanna Staemmler, violinTeresa Schwamm, violaPeter-Philipp Staemmler, cello Winning the ARD International Competition in 2012 (also sweeping all other prizes including the audience prize) propelled the Armida Quartet on to the...
Martin Funda, violin
Johanna Staemmler, violin
Teresa Schwamm, viola
Peter-Philipp Staemmler, cello
Winning the ARD International Competition in 2012 (also sweeping all other prizes including the audience prize) propelled the Armida Quartet on to the international concert platform. 2014 saw them start a two year period on the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme, and in 2016 the Armida Quartet gave its’ BBC Proms debut and celebrated its’ 10th anniversary. In 2017 they completed a season as ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) “Rising Stars” as their fourth disc was released, and 2018 will see them make their debut in USA.
Founded in Berlin in 2006, the Armida Quartet took its’ name from a Haydn opera, the “father of the string quartet”. They have studied with members of the Artemis Quartet and Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), also drawing musical inspiration from Alfred Brendel, Reinhard Goebel, Eberhard Feltz, Walter Levin, Natalia Prischepenko and Tabea Zimmermann. The quartet has participated in masterclasses with the Arditti, Alban Berg and Guarneri Quartets.
2017/18 season will see the quartet perform at the Malmo International Chamber Music Festival, Mecklenburg Vorpommern and Rheingau Musik Festivals. They will return to London’s Wigmore Hall, Bonn, Basel, and Zurich amongst others. Their USA debut tour will culminate with a performance in Boston. In a collaborative project with Martin Fröst they perform in Barcelona, with Kit Armstrong in Freiburg, with Jörg Widmann in Leipzig and Gent, and joining the Modigliani Quartet they perform in Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Hannover and Hamburg.
As ECHO “Rising Stars”, nominated by Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie the Quartet performed in no less than 22 of Europe’s major concert halls including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Baden-Baden, Barcelona, Birmingham, Budapest, Brussels, Philharmonie Cologne, Dortmund, Hamburg, Lisbon, London, Luxemburg, Cité de la Musique Paris, Stockholm and Vienna’s Konzerthaus. On their programme they premiered a new quartet by Marko Nikodijevic.
The ensemble’s debut CD for CAvi in 2013, featuring works by Béla Bartók, György Ligeti and György Kurtág, was selected by the German Record Critics’ Award for its critics’ choice list. Celebrating its’ 10th anniversary in 2016 their second disc of Mozart quartets won equally high praise. Their next disc of Beethoven and Shostakovich will be followed by a highly anticipated disc of fugues. “Fuga Magna” which will be released in May 2017.
Working with chamber partners is an inspiration for the Armida Quartet – they have additionally worked with Raphael Alpermann, Thomas Hampson, Ewa Kupiec, Maximilian Hornung, Daniel Müller-Schott and Tabea Zimmermann and fellow BBC NGA alumni collaborations have included Pavel Kolesnikov, Lise Berthaud, French horn player Alec Frank-Gemill and Quatour Van Kuijk.
First prize winners of the Geneva Competition in 2011 they have also received scholarships from the Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation and the Schierse Foundation in Berlin.
Modigliani Quartett, Chamber Music
Amaury Coeytaux plays a 1773 violin by Giovanni Battista GuadagniniLoic Rio plays a 1734 violin by Alessandro GaglianoLaurent Marfaing plays a 1660 viola by Luigi MarianiFrançois Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller (former”Warburg"). The Modigliani...
Amaury Coeytaux plays a 1773 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini
Loic Rio plays a 1734 violin by Alessandro Gagliano
Laurent Marfaing plays a 1660 viola by Luigi Mariani
François Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller (former”Warburg").
The Modigliani Quartet, formed by four close friends in 2003 is a regular guest of the world’s top venues like Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie de Paris-Cité de la Musique, Het Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Cologne’s Philharmonie, Victoria Hall, Brussels’ Bozar, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Munich’s Prinzregenstheater and Herkulessaal, Barcelona’s Auditori, Tokyo’s Oji Hall, Luxemburg’s Philharmonie, Zurich’s Tonhalle, and festivals like Lucerne, Schwetzingen, Rheingau, Kissinger Sommer, Schleswig-Holstein, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Schwarzenberg-Hohenems Schubertiade, Maverick Festival, Lanaudière Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, La Roque d’Anthéron, Montpellier Radio France Festival, La Folle Journée de Nantes, Edinburgh International Festival.
In the upcoming seasons, the quartet will tour in the Unites-States, Japan, Korea, China and all over Europe. They will return to Wigmore Hall for several concerts, to Carnegie Hall, Paris’ Philharmonie, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall.
In 2014, the Modigliani Quartet became Artistic Directors of the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian. After a 13-year pause, the festival, made famous by its former legendary artistic director Mstislav Rostropovich, and created in 1976 by Antoine Riboud started a new life through the joint efforts of the Evian Resort and the Modigliani Quartet. Following the promising success of the first edition, the festival has quickly become one of Europe’s major and most publicized events.
The quartet has recorded for the Mirare label since 2008 and has released 6 award-winning CDs, all receiving great critical acclaim in several countries. The renowned critic and string quartet specialist Harald Eggebrecht wrote in the Süddeutsche Zeitung about their Haydn CD in 2014: “It is a real treat to hear with what panache, what witty playfulness, what youthful energy the quartet plays, yet never yielding to casualness. The balance of the four voices, the delicacy of sounds is always impressive, with constant attention to dynamics, harmony and rhythmic precision. It sounds effortless, sovereign and extremely supple.”
Only one year after they were formed, the quartet attracted international attention in 2004 by winning the Frits Philips String Quartet competition in Eindhoven. The Quartet then took First Prize at the Vittorio Rimbotti competition in Florence in 2005 and won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York in 2006.
Following their studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the Modigliani Quartet studied with the Ysaÿe Quartet in Paris, attended masterclasses by Walter Levin and György Kurtág, and then had the opportunity to work with the Artemis Quartet at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.
The quartet regularly plays chamber music with Sabine Meyer, Renaud Capuçon, Nicholas Angelich, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker or Daniel Müller-Schott. Thanks to the generosity and support of private sponsors, the Modigliani quartet plays on four outstanding Italian instruments:
The Modigliani Quartet is also very thankful for the help of the SPEDIDAM.